It's no secret that bakers are always coming up with creative ways to make consumers happy. From celebratory cupcakes and cookies to marking the special moments of our lives, bakers have always focused on the good that's happening to all of us.
So when we launched our initiative #donutsforgood to recognize some of the unique ways our customers are giving back to their local communities, it was no surprise that we were overwhelmed with the amount of generosity you’re spreading all around you.
Here, on National Donut Day, we’re celebrating our #donutsforgood raffle winners. These 10 bakeries were selected at random from all our entries and are stand out, feel good examples of what it means to give back and give more. And the really good news? Each of these lucky winners will have $5,000 donated to their local charity of choice from Dawn Foods.
Gibson's Donuts, Memphis, TN
Our country’s largest one owner, one shop bakery, Gibson’s is no stranger to supporting their community. They donate 200 dozen donuts each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to the COVID doctors and nurses of five different hospitals, and also give free donuts to first responders while on duty. Their charity of choice? The Salvation Army.
Mojo Donuts, Miami, FL
Mojo Donuts has a long-standing relationship with Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation, which provides support to families around the world whose children are battling cancer. They donate hundreds of donuts to the organization’s annual gala, even creating Bella’s Donut to help raise funds and awareness.
SmallCakes, Memphis, MD
From supporting a homeless shelter and bringing awareness to local initiatives, to donating to a local food coop of farmers, SmallCakes supports local families in their area. They are a family-owned bakery and hope to build a legacy for their daughter. The charity they support is Jayde M. Schools Inc.
DiMare Pastry Shop, CT
This unique shop has been part of their community for 44 years where they support the local soup kitchen, school teams, and clubs. They are involved with many charities that focus on families, youth and the homeless, but this team has a special place for Make-A-Wish, which is their charity of choice.
Pasticcini Bakery, MA
This New England bakery has donated to the Cardinal Cushing Center annual fundraiser, which supports the education for special needs children and young adults as they prepare for life experience. They also donate monthly to various local fundraisers and support families in need.
Famous Donuts, TX
Supporters of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, this family-owned business was started by a mother with a dream. Now, they give back to the community that helped them along their way, giving back to first responders, senior centers, the homeless and their local city hall.
Merritts Bakery, OK
In operation for 41 years, Merritts knows how important support can be. For 20 years, they’ve celebrated National Donut Day by donating to the Salvation Army, and this year will be no different. They also design a special shield-shaped donut to recognize the Salvation Army. Their charity of choice for the #donutsforgood aware will go the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Tulsa Office, which will provide 40,000 meals this summer for kids.
Tortilleria Sonora, IA
This tortilla manufacturer uses a family scratch recipe for tortillas and has been growing for more than 20 years. They support their local food pantries because their product is versatile and can be used as a snack or full meal. They are supporting the Iowa Farm Sanctuary.
Miss Angel's Heavenly Pies, NC
This business started as a farm that grows fruits and other produce. Eventually, they needed a way to use all the fruit, and the pie shop was born. They believe “from the tree or vine, to our hands, to our ovens, to your table. They started supporting COVID healthcare workers through their Feed the COVID Frontliners program where workers get a complete dinner and dessert twice a week. Their charity of choice is The Congregation of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Cookie Cupboard Gourmet Dough, OH
This creative business started Cookies for Coats™. Every November through April, they accept donations for The Metanoia Project, an organization that gathers and welcomes the hard-to-shelter homeless three nights a week during the winter months. For their donation, they get free cookie dough. Their charity of choice for #donutsforgood is again The Metanoia Project.
While our winners were selected at random, they’ve all done the hard work! We asked all participating bakeries to tell us about their business, their local contributions and why they support the organizations they do. Everyone’s responses were different, but one theme remained constant – you, our customers, are focused on giving back and making a difference in your communities. You’re making more than donuts – you’re making #donutsforgood.